Concern over Ranking of Indian Institutions

Concern over Ranking of Indian Institutions

Of the top 500 higher educational institutions, it was unfortunate that India could find only three of its institutions in the ranking and that too beyond the first 50 per cent of the positions, said R. Natarajan, Former Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education and Former Director of IIT, Madras.

He was speaking at the valediction of ‘International Conference on Managing Education for Business and Commerce in a Globalised world and Strategies for Excellence’ organised by the GRG School of Management Studies.

It is unfortunate that Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, IIT – New Delhi and Kharagpur had entered the list but are in positions beyond 250 in the list of 500 top institutions, he said.

Mr. Natarajan pointed out that lack of autonomy, leadership and governance, gap between planning and commitment, lack of resources, team work and commitment, complacency, lack of ambition, diffidence and fatalistic approach are some of the key issues.

Tensions

Typical tensions in any institution are academic freedom versus accountability, quantity versus quality, excellence versus equity, elitist versus egalitarian, autonomy versus accountability.

The other major issue is which stakeholder should dictate to the system: student or employer / recruiter or institution or faculty.

Short range perspective of employers versus long range perspectives of institution is another issue that needs to be addressed, he said.

Mr. Natarajan also pointed out the generation gap between those who teach and those who learn; those who recruit and those who seek jobs and those who frame policies and those who function within the system.

Similarly, autonomy on whom to teach, what to teach, who will teach and how to assess are contemporary issues, he said.

Autonomy exists but there are still too many regulators.

Mr. Natarajan also said that three education-related bills are likely to be tabled in this winter session that included a three-tier structure to resolve disputes between stakeholders i.e., Educational Tribunals Bill, National Authority for Regulation of Accreditation in Higher Educational Institutions (NARAHEI) and a bill for prohibition of unfair practices in education.

The decision to refer the two bills to Group of Ministers will have an impact on the NARAHEI and there might be a delay in tabling the bills during the winter session.

Citing the business turning into a global activity, the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, C.Swaminath wanted the managers to have a global outlook.

Management teachers are in short supply, if one looks at the number of B-Schools.

Gap between industry and academia is another concern, Prof. Swaminathan said. Management students need to be mentored.

B-Schools should be run as gurukulas and not just as another onel offering run-of-the-mill type course.

Citing finance scams, Prof. Swaminathan sought ethical inputs into management students.